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L is for Loquat

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

L is for Loquat, lime, lemon and lima beas! The Loquat is a fruit from a tree and the seed is bigger than the fruit you get from it. We used to have a loquat tree in our entry and it was a mess when the fruit was dropping! I like lima beans but don't eat them much. I need to change that.
Yesterday, I had some jalapeno peppers that I brought home from a friends' garden. I decided to roast them and then freeze them. Never had done this before but gave it a go. After broiling for a while, I turned off the oven and left them. Later, when I took them out, they were dry and crisp and I thought I could crumple them into a jar for dried peppers like you get at the grocery store. They would be good added to soups and stews. But I had to go out to an installation and when I got home, hubby had arrived. He saw the peppers, assumed they were burnt up food, and promptly put them down the disposal! I was so disappointed that my culinary efforts were thwarted!

I guess that teaches me to put my stuff away! I've been working on that and trying not to create new piles. This morning I walked with my friend Pat and after breakfast of blueberry pancakes cooked by my husband, I got up, picked up the shoes and put them on the shelf in my closet! Amazing! I'm working a bit at a time clearing off piles and trying not to create new ones. Those magazines keep multiplying though! I just keep bringing more home with me. Now I've got a stack of saved ones that I need to figure out what to do with. The dining room table top is almost visible! Later!

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ANYVAR54 9/13/2011 3:50PM

    That is too bad about your peppers. Your husband must do a lot of stuff around the kitchen. Hope you have a good day.

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KASEYCOFF 9/13/2011 9:43AM

    The 'piles' in my computer are a lot like the magazines and such: I end up with all kinds of bookmarks and files and saves... they accumulate to the point where I can't find what I'm looking for, and Search doesn't always do it.

One of these days I will get organized--! (I think, lol...)

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Monday, September 12, 2011

I deviated from the fruit and veggies yesterday to address 911. So today I am back on track. Spark says to cook an omelet and add veggies to it! That is an easy way to do it as I like certain veggies in an omelet. However, I don't like it overloaded with them. K is an easy letter, But I'm not an eater of Kale or Kiwi. There are a few others but my mind is blank this morning.

My mind is on other things this morning. I started the AAPT Club on the Organize Life Team. Attack A Pile Today! I have discovered something over the last few days. I create piles everyday so if I don't put something away, I can't keep up. Funny how I never noticed that before. Last night I cooked the pot roast that I wanted last week. This morning when I got up, there was the cookbook open to the pot roast page sitting on the counter. I didn't even know I hadn't put it away! I immediately did so.

I've been going through those quilting magazines and by my bed are two piles, one to keep and one to give away. Trouble is, the piles have been there a few days so I'm not sure which is which. I'm my own worst enemy. A pile creator! I was sewing a quilt top yesterday and my sewing room is so piled up, I was tripping over everything! Literally. I cleaned some piles by my desk last week (floor piles) and I have instantly created another new pile in its place. I think I was embarrassed last week when the cable guy had to come into my office to check my computer and he asked me what business I was in. I told him I was an interior decorator and then had to realize what must have been going through his mind? A decorator? You've got to be kidding!

Mindless pile creating is like mindless eating. You don't know you are doing it, it just happens. I met with my friend Cassandra last week the pro organizer and my mind has been churning ever since.

Today's goal is to put 5 piles away and not to create any. This is a disease! I started a blog last night organizeanddecoratoe123.blogs
Cassandra is very detailed and I am not, notice the decorators toe included in the link. I've got to figure out how to get that corrected but maybe I'll just leave it as a reminder of how undetailed I am.
Cassandra and I have decided that we are going to devote 1 year to our blog and organizing/decorating strategy. I will help her decorate and she will help me organize. This is my goal of being a blogger/writer. I visualize a book deal out of it.
ORGANIZE AND DECORATE, subtitled The only thing I see is the back of my eyelids! Later.

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QUILTINGB52 9/12/2011 6:46PM

    Piles to organize ~ a never ending project!! I finally put three empty boxes next to my desk...
1. recycling
2. shredding
3. magazines

and every 2 weeks I deal with whatever is in the box! Magazines head to my GF's, recycling heads into the bucket which gets picked up every other week and shredding is buried in the garden / compost pile.

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KASEYCOFF 9/12/2011 3:10PM

    I've done that - started sorting something (magazines, books, recipes, whatever) into a pile to keep and a pile to donate / toss, then got distracted... came back to it two weeks later only to realize I didn't remember which pile was which, and all I had accomplished was dividing one large pile into two smaller piles which were now dust-covered. Dunno if it's any consolation, hon, but - YOU ARE NOT ALONE, lol...

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TIRED49 9/12/2011 3:03PM

    So thankful I am not the only pile maker. emoticon

Thanks for the great blog and good luck with the piles.

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ANYVAR54 9/12/2011 2:02PM

    I ALSO, As I have been working on my piles have realized that I just don't put things away. That is one of my big problems, so I made it a goal to put my clothes away when I take them off at night. Did it after church, but didn't when I went to bed. Still need to work.
Thanks for the goodie. Have a good day.

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JENNY888 9/12/2011 10:21AM

    From a fellow "pile maker". Good luck. I am working on the same thing.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today was a special day at our church. We live near two major Air Force Bases and my husband and I are retired from the USAF so we are very patriotic. Today at church, we had 3 speakers; 2 AF Colonels and one AF Fire Chief. One of the speakers was a nurse who was getting ready to retire but she told us about her tour in Iraq this past June. She said they had a medical clinic with several doctors and nurses but nothing major, just a clinic to take care of the military and civilians that were assigned there. One day, they brought in an Iraqi Master Sergeant who was having a heart attack. He was gray and his vital signs were not good and she just knew that he wasn't going to make it. However, they all jumped in to treat him the best they could, got him stabilized and sent him on to Kerkuk Hospital.

Several days later, she heard from a doctor that treated him at the hospital. He survived and when he woke up, with his family surrounding him, he said, "The Americans saved me!"
Just that one person in Iraq, with his family, made a difference to her and what her lifes work meant.

The whole service brought tears to my eyes and my husbands and we were Proud Americans today! As we are every day!

Yesterday we attended the FSU football game and the band had dedicated the half time show to patriotic songs. The last formation they did was an AMerican Flag and the flag girls held up big cardboard shiny stars. I'm posting the pic and if you look at the upper left corner you can see the stars! Very impressive!

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QUILTINGB52 9/12/2011 6:51PM

    I thank you & your husband for your military role in keeping America the "home of the brave and the land of the free"!!

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KASEYCOFF 9/11/2011 3:07PM

    Great service - a good day for uplifting speakers and positive outlooks.

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4DOGNIGHT 9/11/2011 1:18PM

    Umm, I wonder. We are in section 38, row 41, seats 19 and 20.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/11/2011 12:48PM

    Very nice...my neice and nephew were at that game. From their pics on facebook they were sitting in about the same spot as you!

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J IS FOR JICAMA and other non veggie stuff!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Jicama with a silent J that sounds like H, is a tuber, similar to a potato or a turnip. It is served sliced in salads and grown in South America or the Phillipines. I've probably had it at oriental restaurants and didn't know it. I think it is one of those veggies that takes on other flavors and not necessarily one of its own. That's all I've got for today on fruits and veggies!

I joined the Organize Yourself team and I've formed a new club within it, AAPT! It's the Attack A PIle Today Club! Amazing how I've been more aware of piles around the house and more anxious to attack and put them away now that I am the head honcho of the AAPT Club!

Yesterday I met with a friend who is a professional organizer. We agreed to help each other for a year, trading services. She will help me get organized and I will help her decorate her house. Amazing, it's like the shoemakers kids with no shoes! Our own homes don't reflect what we do so well for other people. I visited a prior client yesterday and her home was beautiful but she had a lot of new "stuff" sitting around that she had acquired in other places. Almost too much stuff but hey, why ask me? I have lots of stuff!

What was interesting about my visit with Cassandra, my organizer friend, was how completely opposite we are in personality! I am visual and she is audial. I love to write and watch the written word jump off the page and she has a set up where she talks into a microphone and the words type themselves on the computer! As all of my reader friends know, I have this goal to write a book someday, or develop a quilting pattern and sell it, or write a blog, or something that will make me famous! So Cassandra and I have decided to get together once a week for one year! And I'm going to blog about it. I will keep you posted on where and what to read. We are both excited and have scheduled a meeting for next week! Later. ENjoy your jicama!

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ANDI571 9/10/2011 11:01PM

    I've always wanted to try Jicama, but never have.

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TOWHEE 9/10/2011 1:19PM

    I love Jicama. It's crisp and crunchy and moist all at the same time. I used to put it on veggie trays along with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and cucumbers. It goes well with your favorite dip. I've had it shredded in salads and jullienned in stir-frys.

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COMPUCATHY 9/10/2011 12:03PM

    Sounds like you are MOVING FORWARD! Good for you! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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SDTALLY 9/10/2011 9:55AM

    Since one of your goals is to write a novel, check out the "National Novel Writing Month."

It's a group where during the month of November you write a complete novel. You check in every day and post your word count, & get encouragement.

ps. as you might suspect there is a SP group devoted to just this!


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Friday, September 09, 2011

There aren't a whole lot of I fruits and veggies but everyone knows iceberg lettuce. It is a head of lettuce and not that drippy stuff you get in a bag. I really missed my iceberg lettuce when I lived in ENgland back in the 70's. Shopping in the Air Force commissary was a help as we could get it but not always. Now, it is convenient to buy those bags of lettuce if you are making a salad for a lot of people and right away. However, I find those bags going to waste if I dont' eat up right away.

Caution, be sure and wash that lettuce out of the bag. I've heard of people getting ecoli from unwashed produce, especially greens! I learned from my mother to always wash fruit and veggies before eating. Imagine eating an orange straight from the supermarket that people have pawed over, picking out the fruit they want!

Today I'm having a professional organizer over to help me with some things. Business is slow so I need to find a way to get the phone to ring. Later.

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CRMILLER2 9/12/2011 7:50AM

    Here's another I one for you..the icicle radish. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 9/9/2011 5:22PM

    I like buttery-soft Boston lettuce the best, but generally settle for iceberg here. Don't care for romaine, tho 'they say' it's got quite a few healthy micronutrients. As for 'I' - once you get past Irish potato and Idaho potato I can't think of nary a one. The I's have had it, lol...

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    Wow! A professional organizer? What a deal!!
Yeah, jury is out on washing the prewashed bagged lettuce, some say that if it's already washed once, then you may be adding bacteria back into it....
I love iceberg, I just add in some darker lettuce as well.

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